Fiat ICR 42 Ildrovolante
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||498 - Fiat ICR 42 Ildrovolante
|Contents and Media:
48 parts in gray styrene, 29 parts in cream
colored resin and 1 clear injection molded windshield. Instructions,
decal sheet and painting guide with markings for 1 aircraft.
(available online for USD$35.96 from Squadron)
New tooling, colored etched metal included;
excelletn fabric representation
No oil cooler intake or outlet on wings.
Reviewed by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
Airframes' 1/48 scale Fiat ICR 42 Ildrovolante is available online from Squadron
This will be a very limited review of a limited run
kit of very limited production aircraft type. In fact only one CR 42
with floats left the production line of Costruzioni Meccaniche
Aeronautiche S.A. (CMASA, a Fiat affiliate). It flew for the first time
in early 1941. This aircraft was designated the ICR 42.
This Classic Airframes ICR 42 contains the all the
pieces to make
the CR 42 fighter, plus additional parts to make a very nice pair of
floats and attachment struts.
The instructions may create confusion if this is a
modeler’s only Classic Airframes CR 42 purchase. The instruction sheet
for the fighter is included, with the incorrectly positioned cabine
struts, parts B5 and 17. The new set of instructions for the ICR 42
show them in their correct “V” shape position.
aircraft ever produced, one set of markings. What could be simpler? To
make it even easier, the aircraft is in basic, over-all Aluminum.
Although the instructions do not indicate, I would presume that the
bottom of the floats would have been in the anti-fouling black.
The decals provide for four sets of fasces on a
white background. The instruction notes that it is not positively known
if they were carried on the bottom of the lower wing.
There are a set of decals for the tri-color fin and
rudder. Note that the tri-color is not oversized. Unlike French
rudder stripes, the Italian tri-color extended forward onto the fin.
The House of Savoy crest is printed on the
tri-color decals. Personally, I prefer items such as the Savoy crest to
be separate, so as to allow me to paint the tri-color stripes, and then
apply the crest.